BLAR13035 - Building Contract Administration
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit covers the administration of construction contracts including: control of extensions of time, variation, site instructions; chain of responsibilities; reporting and quality assurance; management of sub contractors and suppliers; head contract management. It also develops an understanding of contract management including: specification and the preparation of building contracts; the assessment of tenderers and tender negotiation; project planning; worker induction; documentation control and records management; progress reporting; contract inspections; management of variations, extensions of time, breaches of contract; liquidation damages and reporting; project commissioning and defects liability period activities and responsibilities improvement mechanisms and processes.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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better quality of video as when you put it in full screen it is hard to read and blurs. Student evaluation Videos will be revisited before the next offering.
The level of difficultly was challenging but not overly which should be continued. Study guide helped me complete all assessment and is perfectly written and easy to understand. Student evaluation Unit review will maintain the endorsement provided.
Lectures are short and precise. The study guide is well explained. Student evaluation The lecture format will be retained for the next offering.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the role as building professional for clients towards the successful completion of the project.
  2. Compare the different types of building contract arrangements.
  3. Apply systems and management procedures for the control of contract documentation and cost control.
  4. Formulate a tendering process for collecting and analysing tenders.
  5. Explain quality management and quality control with regard to contract administration.
  6. Explain variation administration, contract scope changes and contract review and evaluate their implications.
  7. Conduct a site meeting and site inspection.
  8. Explain the administration requirements and procedures of project completion and hand-over.
  9. Use effectively a range of appropriate communication modes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Written Assessment            
3 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence                  
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

The Aqua Group guide to procurement, tendering and contract administration
Author/s: Hackett M, Robinson I & Stathem G Year: 2016
Edition: 4th edn Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
City: London
Country: UK
Construction contract administration
Author/s: Goldfayl, G Year: 2004
Edition: 2 Publisher: New South Books
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone and headset
  • MS Office or equivalent software
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPeter Lawrence - lawrenp1 (p.lawrence1@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Topic 1: Contractual background

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Topic 2: Types of contract arrangements

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Topic 3: Traditional lump sum contracts

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Topic 3: Traditional lump sum contracts

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 5 07-08-2017

Topic 4: The tender period and pre-contract administration

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Assessment 1 Due Tuesday (08 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017

No class

Week 6 21-08-2017

Topic 4: The tender period and pre-contract administration

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 7 28-08-2017

Topic 5: Post contract administration

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Topic 5: Post contract administration

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 9 11-09-2017

Topic 5: Post contract administration

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Assessment 2 Due Tuesday (12 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017

Topic 5: Post contract administration

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 11 25-09-2017

Topic 6: Project completion

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 12 02-10-2017

Topic 6: Project completion

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Review Period

Assessment 3 Due Tuesday (10 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Relax - there is no examination.

Please post course content questions on the Q&A forum in Moodle so everyone can benefit from the raised enquiry and the resultant reply.

For an individual issue, please initially email the lecturer who will try to respond within 48 hours or so. A telephone discussion may be subsequently arranged.


Course success criteria

To pass this course, you must achieve a passing result for assessment 3 and an aggregate score of 50% or better from the assessments.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1
Task Description

The assessment has 3 questions.

Q1 Requires students to reflect on the professional team composition and the various types of contracts available in the industry.

Q2 Requires students to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of selected contracts.

Q3 Requires students to investigate an appropriate contracting procurement strategy.

Your submission must be done, via the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file, following the on-screen instructions.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Tuesday (08-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Tuesday (29-Aug-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use of supporting information where appropriate and associated references.
  • Original thought.
  • Overall presentation and the ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Where appropriate the use of graphs, illustrations and other diagrams that visually support the context of your submission.
  • Demonstration of the core knowledge associated with this course and appropriate application of this knowledge.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit a single PDF file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the role as building professional for clients towards the successful completion of the project.

2. Compare the different types of building contract arrangements.

3. Apply systems and management procedures for the control of contract documentation and cost control.

9. Use effectively a range of appropriate communication modes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2
Task Description

This assessment has 3 questions.

Q1 Requires students to review methods for entering a building contract agreement.

Q2 Requires students to discuss control tools used for payment in contracts.

Q3 Requires students to explain documents used in project contracts administration.

Your submission must be done, via the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file, following the on-screen instructions.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Tuesday (12-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Tuesday (26-Sep-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use of supporting information where appropriate and associated references.
  • Original thought.
  • Overall presentation and the ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Where appropriate the use of graphs, illustrations and other diagrams that visually support the context of your submission.
  • Demonstration of the core knowledge associated with this course and appropriate application of this knowledge.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit a single PDF file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

5. Explain quality management and quality control with regard to contract administration.

6. Explain variation administration, contract scope changes and contract review and evaluate their implications.

9. Use effectively a range of appropriate communication modes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 3
Task Description

This assessment has 3 questions:

Q1 Requires students to report procedural requirements associated with cost reporting, quality assurance and meetings.

Q2 Requires students to research aspects of project finalisation.

Q3 Requires students to investigate the importance of time on projects.

Your submission must be done, via the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file, following the on-screen instructions.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Tuesday (10-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Friday 27/10/17
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use of supporting information where appropriate and associated references.
  • Original thought.
  • Overall presentation and the ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Where appropriate the use of graphs, illustrations and other diagrams that visually support the context of your submission.
  • Demonstration of the core knowledge associated with this course and appropriate application of this knowledge.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 17.5/35
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit a single PDF file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Apply systems and management procedures for the control of contract documentation and cost control.

4. Formulate a tendering process for collecting and analysing tenders.

5. Explain quality management and quality control with regard to contract administration.

6. Explain variation administration, contract scope changes and contract review and evaluate their implications.

7. Conduct a site meeting and site inspection.

8. Explain the administration requirements and procedures of project completion and hand-over.

9. Use effectively a range of appropriate communication modes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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